Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, 2016

$329.00
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Trapet's Chapelle is only a smidegeon behind the Chambertin in quality, and it has the advantage of being oh so pleasing even at a young age. With the possible exception of Cecile Tremblay, nobody makes a greater Chapelle.
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Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils

Domaine Trapet is not exactly a new name in Burgundy. They've been growing grapes in Gevrey-Chambertin since the 1800s, and have amazing parcels in all the best vineyards, up to and including Le Chambertin. Back in the day, they sold their best grapes to the likes of Domaine Drouhin and Maison Leroy.

But since the 1960s, they've been bottling their own wines. The style has fluctuated a bit, as styles have varied with the generations. Today the domaine is run by Jean-Louis Trapet, whose style can best be summarized as a laser-like focus on making delicious Pinot Noir.

Here are the technicalities of that: light extraction (a touch of bâtonnage or punching down at the beginning of fermentation, but just remontage—pumping over—after that), very little new oak, and whole-cluster when the grapes are ideally healthy (which is quite often, as the farming is biodynamic).

This sounds like what many of Burgundy's best are doing today. But in one area Trapet departs: while "reductive" wine-making is all the rage (limiting the wine's exposure to oxygen), Trapet likes to make his wines open and accessible from release, including by using as little sulfur as possible in the process. That's how he makes his Pinot Noir so delicious!

Professional Reviews

Burghound

BH 92-94 January 2018
" Relatively firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose. On the plus side there is excellent volume and concentration to the bigger and richer flavors that are at once elegant but powerful while delivering a velvety and hugely long finish. While there is a certain seductive aspect to this wine the very firmly structured finish makes clear that it's altogether serious. " -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 91-94 January 2018
" Bright medium red. Deep aromas and flavors of dark plum and pungent minerals hint at superripeness but also show good energy and lift. Dense, chewy and suave, offering a captivating balance of sucrosité and vinosity. Firm tannins are nicely supported by the wine's natural concentration. Finishes with excellent length and plenty of early personality." -Stephen Tanzer

Robert Parker

RP 94-96 December 2017
"Containing 40% whole bunch fruit, the 2016 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru has a well-knit, focused bouquet with blackberry and briary scents, cold wet stone and hints of black truffle. With time, there is a faint smokiness that begins to develop. The palate is very well balanced with sappy black fruit tinged with wild strawberry and blood orange. This has superb structure, not overly tannic, but it exerts a gentle and insistent grip. This is a riveting Chapelle-Chambertin from Jean-Louis and Jean Trapet. " -Neal Martin

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Burgundy

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Pair With

    Drink with Red Meat

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied